Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan are the Axis of Evil in the Middle East.
U.S. President George W. Bush coined the term “Axis of Evil” when refering to North Korea, Iran, and Iraq in his 2002 State of the Union Address. There are reasons to believe that like several of his strategic blunders (e.g., reliance on Pakistan army to neutralize the Al Qaeda threat, invasion of Iraq etc), Bush was much off the mark in his assessment of the Axis of Evil, an error which was also enabled by a powerful Saudi-Ikhwan (Saudi-Muslim Brotherhood) lobby in Washington, D.C.
If today, we have unrest in Afghanistan and Iraq and uncertain situations in Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Syria and Yemen, the discreet role of three counties is hard to ignore: Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan. Together these three countries constitute the real axis of evil, the Middle East Axis of Evil.
We cannot hope to have democracy, peace and stability in the Middle East and the entire world unless we address the lack of democracy and active support for Jihadi Salafi-Ikhwan terrorism by these three countries.
Let me explain the above hypotheses with a few examples:
1. The September 11, 2001 terrorists were mostly of Saudi Arabian origin, inspired by the Jihadi-Salafi ideology of a Saudi citizen (Osama in Laden) and an Egyptian Ikhwani Jihadist (Ayman Al Zawahiri, current head of AQ).
2. Jordan and Saudi Arabia are two major sources of Al Qaeda infiltrators into Iraq, providing the largest number of Salafi-Ikhwan suicide bombers who have killed thousands of Shias, Sunnis (Hanafis), Christians and Kurds in Iraq in the last several years. Abu Musab Al Zarqawi who killed thousands of Shias and Sunni Hanafi Muslims in Iraq was a Jihadi-Salafi infiltrator from Jordan.
3. Qatar’s Al Jazeera TV is known for spreading Salafi-Ikhwan propaganda in the Middle East in a subtle and refined manner. While its English news channel is known for selective morality and dishonest twists (e.g., silence on Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, noise on Syria), the Arabic channel is much more blatant in its Salafi-Ikhwan psy-war and tactics. For all practical purposes, Al Jazeera is the major propaganda wing for the Middle East Axis of Evil.
4. Qatar and Saudi Arabia played a major role in providing financial and logistic support (including ammunition) to Libyan rebels. However, instead of supporting moderate Sunni rebels, Qatar and Saudi Arabia supported Salafi-Ikhwan militants (in other words: Al Qaeda) which now are a major source of threat to democracy and human rights in independent Libya.
5. A similar role was played by Saudi Arabia and Qatar to support the Salafists and Ikhwanites in Egypt, an investment that paid off. Today, Ikhwan and Salafis constitute majority of seats in Egypt’s newly elected parliament.
6. It’s the same axis of evil (Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan) which is currently pumping millions of dollars and smuggling latest weapons to Jihadi-Salafi and Ikhwan militants in Syria, who have hijacked and tarnshied Syrian people’s legitimate struggle against an authoritarian dictator (Bashar Al Assad). Recently, Al Qaeda’s head Ayman Al Zawahiri and his affiliates in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Palestine’s Hamas and Pakistan’s Sipah-e-Sahaba/Taliban have expressed explicit support for the Salafi-Ikhwan militants in Syria. The Salafi-Ikhwan militants have killed thousands of Shia Muslims (including Alevites and Isna Asharis), Sunni Muslims (Hanafis and Shafeis) and Christians in the last few months.
7. It’s the same Axis of Evil which has unsuccessfully attempted to brutally suppress the pro-democracy movement in Bahrain. On 9 March 2012, almost one third of Bahrain’s population (about 200,000 people) marched in Bahrain to protest against Saudi-Qatar backed King Hamad regime. More than 75 Bahrainis have been killed so far by the Saudi-Qatar forces deployed to protect the current dictator of Bahrain. US, UK and other Western countries are suffering major public relations setback due to their silence on Saudi-Qatar brutalities in Bahrain.
8. Saudi Arabia is currently busy in suppressing not only women and pro-democracy Sunnis but also millions of Shias in its Eastern province. Dozens of Shias have been killed and hundreds arrested. Al Jazeera has maintained silence on the pro-democracy protests and brutal suppression in Saudi Arabia. Once again, thanks to Salafi-Ikhwan lobby in Washington, D.C., the West is silent at the cost of its own credibility.
9. It’s the same anti-Sunni (Salafis represent only one per cent of Sunni Muslims), anti-Shia axis of evil which is creating an artificial divide between Sunnias and Shias in order to augment recruitment for the Salafi-Ikhwan Al Qaeda movement. The same trio is unnecessarily threatening Iran (after invasion of Iran through Saddam Hussain in 1980s), which is creating more instability in the region.
10. Plan to re-install the Taliban regime in Kabul: Saudi Arabia and Qatar are actively lobbying in Washington, D.C. and other Western capitals to re-install brutal Taliban regime in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the US and NATO forces in the near future. Their aim is to use (abuse) Afghanistan as a main station from where a violent Salafi-Ikhwan ideology will be propagated in neighbouring countries and also internationally. In this effort, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are actively supported by Pakistan’s military establishment which remains dependent on Saudi-Jihadist ideology for their own Jihadist projects and also receives generous financial support from the Saudi Kingdom. A Taliban diplomatic office (informal embassy) has been set up in Qatar in order to formalize the handing over of Kabul to the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
11. Saudi Arabian government through its amply funded and well connected Islamist Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) Lobby in Washington, D.C. is forcing the US government to release Al Qaeda-Taliban terrorist. Apparently, USA has agreed to free five most dangerous terrorists who are soon to be transferred from the Guantanamo Bay military prison to the tiny Persian Gulf state of Qatar. Five top terrorists include: Khair Ulla Said Wali Khairkhwa, Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Nori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Mohammad Nabi Omari. These five people are the killers of thousands of Shiite Muslims, Tajiks and Hazaras of Afghanistan, and are currently held by the U.S. in the Guantanamo Bay military prison.In Qatar, these terrorist will also be reunited with their families. At least one has been accused in the massacre of thousands of Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan. His name is Mullah Norullah Nori, described in U.S. military documents as one of the most significant former Taliban officials held at Guantanamo. He was a senior Taliban commander in Mazar-e-Sharif when the Taliban fought U.S. forces in late 2001. He previously was a Taliban governor in two provinces Northern Afghanistan, where he has been accused of ordering the massacre of thousands of Shiite Muslims including those of Hazara Shia and non-Hazara Shia backgrounds.